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SD 20 Superintendent open letter to parents regarding strike action

SD 20 Superintendent open letter to parents regarding strike action

Dear Parents, guardians and students:


Late on Thursday, April 17, 2014 the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) gave formal strike notice to school districts across the province of BC. Starting on Wednesday, April 23rd, teachers will not be performing some of their regular duties. The purpose of this letter is to give you basic information about this phase 1 strike action and how it will affect the operation of schools in School District No. 20.

UPDATED: BC Gov backtracks on environmental assessment exemption decision

With no public consultation or even discussion in the legislature the government changed the Reviewable Project Regulation.

The on-again announcement regarding the environmental assessment exemption for prospective sweet natural gas processing plants and all-season ski resorts, is, off again.

Environment Minister Mary Polak has rescinded the environmental assessment exemption Wednesday, one day after it was announced.

In a written statement, Polak said the government did not consult with First Nations about the proposed change prior to her Tuesday announcement.

Government calls for Coroners inquest Lakeland Mills explosion

The explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George killed two workers.

The  BC Government has ordered the BC Coroners Office to conduct an inquest into the deaths of workers following an explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton made the announcement Monday.

Why council re-zoned Choquette Avenue for condos, and why neighbours opposed it

An rendering of the future development on Choquette Avenue near the golf course (West Creek Developments via Nelson City Council)

On April 7, Nelson City Council voted to rezone the property at 2000 Choquette Avenue near the golf course to allow West Creek Developments to build a multi-unit residential development of up to 30 units.

The zoning will change from P1: Park, Open and Recreational Space to R2, Medium Density Residential.

At a public hearing before the meeting, about 40 Rosemont residents attended and about a dozen spoke, all in opposition to the rezoning. Their objections can be summarized as follows:

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

GFCU election underway; e-ballots introduced this year

The Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) director election is almost finished. The voting began on Saturday, April 5 and finishes on Saturday, April 12.

The GFCU regularly holds elections, but this year’s election stands out for two reasons. This is the first year they have introduced e-ballots and they also have a larger number of interested candidates than in the past.

"We've had computerized voting in the past,” said Angela Soukoreff, manager of marketing and communications. “But this is the first version of e-ballot."

RDCK Chair John Kettle answers concerns of Area F taxpayer

RDCK Chair John Kettle answers concerns of Area F taxpayer

In a recent letter to the editor, Area F taxpayer Kevin LePape expressed concerns about comments made by RDCK Chair, John Kettle in a press release (link to doc) and article in The Nelson Daily announcing taxpayer savings in the recent budget.

BC Premier Christy Clark, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issue statements on death of Jim Flaherty

Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had suddenly passed away in his home in Ottawa.

The House of Commons was rocked Thursday afternoon with the announcement that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had suddenly passed away in his home in Ottawa.

His family said the 64-year-old died peacefully.

The House of Commons abruptly suspended its sitting before question period began as word of the death spread. Opposition MPs flooded across the aisle to offer condolences to Flaherty’s colleagues.

COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

COMMENT: Who's afraid of a little debate?

“Today's BC Liberals” may have taken a little inspiration during last year's election campaign from former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell when she bluntly stated in 1993 that "an election is no time to discuss serious issues."

It's why British Columbians could be forgiven for thinking that they missed something during the campaign after seeing some of the legislation introduced during the current session of the B.C. legislature.

Horgan the lone remaining name in BC NDP leadership race

John Horgan . . . expected to be acclaimed new leader of the NDP.

COMMENT: MP says safer rail means safer communities

Alex Atamanenko . . . luck no one was injured in Plaster Rock

One of the most defining issues of the Conservative’s time in government is their constant march toward self-regulation for industry. In the past, Canada relied on strong public regulation and oversight to ensure risks are managed to protect the public. The move away from the time-tested method has been incremental and deliberate. We have seen it with food inspection, environment monitoring and safeguards, and have been reminded again about how our railways operate.

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